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The BTSA is proud to be working with Best Practice Network/Outstanding Leaders Partnership to deliver local, high-quality National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) to colleagues across the Essex area.



The limited funding will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities. The limited scholarships will cover the full NPQ course cost and will be available to teachers and leaders from:

  • The 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage
  • All scholarships are subject to availability - apply early for the best chance of receiving a scholarship

Autumn NPQs

NPQs offer teachers and leaders clear development opportunities and career progression to support effective leadership, which in turn enhances pupil outcomes and fosters positive change in schools. 

  • NPQs enhance staff retention by providing professional development opportunities that empower leaders, improve job satisfaction and build expertise.
  • NPQs attract talented educators, offering a pathway for growth and advancement, ultimately creating a positive and fulfilling work environment.
  • Comprehensive and Local: NPQs offer school leaders the opportunity to engage with a diverse network of educational professionals, sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices, all while addressing the unique challenges of their local educational landscape.

NPQs available are:

Specialist NPQs for teachers and leaders who want to develop their expertise in specialist areas of teaching practice:

NPQ for Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)
NPQ for Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

And the following NPQs in collaboration with Teach First:

NPQ for Leading Literacy (NPQLL)
NPQ for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)

Leadership NPQs for aspiring and school leaders:

NPQ for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
NPQ for Headship (NPQH)
Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO)
NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

To view Best Practice Network new Autumn 2024 brochures for Specialist and Leadership NPQs, please select the links below: 

BPN Specialist NPQs - Aut 24
BPN Leadership NPQs - Aut 24

Applying for an NPQ programme

The application window for Autumn 2024 NPQs is now open!

The graphic above provides step-by-step guidance for participants applying for NPQs with Best Practice Network. Full details for each of the NPQs, including the registration form and information on funding, can be found at: or

When applying please select Benfleet TSA from the drop down list of delivery partners when prompted. This will help ensure your allocation to our partnership and access to local delivery.

For full details of individual NPQs and applications for Autumn 2024, please select from the links below:

NPQ for Leading Teaching - NPQLT

NPQ for Leading Teacher Development - NPQLTD

NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture - NPQLBC

NPQ for Leading Literacy - NPQLL

NPQ for Early Years Leadership - NPQEYL

NPQ for Senior Leadership - NPQSL

NPQ for Headship - NPQH

NPQ for Executive Leadership - NPQEL

Early Headship Coaching Offer - EHCO

The team at Best Practice Network can be contacted through the live-chat function of their website or you can send enquiries to: 

Should you require further details regarding NPQ delivery within our area or support to complete your NPQ application, please email Denise Mair, BTSA Manager and she will be very happy to assist.